Hackers Use Refrigerator In A Home Cyber Attack

Slowly but surely smart home appliances are becoming the norm. However are internet connected appliances safe to install in your home? During a recent cyber attack multiple home internet devices including the refrigerator was used to infiltrate the network.


In a recent report from California security firm Proofpoint Internet connected devices were infected by a large “bonnet”for two weeks late December of 2013.

Multiple devices were used in the attack home-networking routers, connected multimedia centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator for the attack which delivered malicious spam or phishing emails. The usage

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of the refrigerator is significant being the growing popular home appliances have less security features compared to computers and tablets.

The reports continues about the attack, “waves of malicious email, typically sent in bursts of 100,000, three times per day, targeting enterprises and individuals worldwide.” Over a quarter of the emails sent by devices that were not conventional laptops, desktop computers or mobile devices.

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